The Tactics of the Deva King were well known for its difficulty, as they were difficult to master it even for the heir of the Dower family, until Patroclus.
Patroclus's appearance had caught everyone off guard, because it went against his usual quietness and lowkey lifestyle. Sensing that he had no way out of this confrontation, Lie Wushuang decided to accept the fight.
The silver lining for Lie Wushuang was that he would only need to counter Patroclus's strike once. Lie Wushuang wagered that he would have a chance to save face after all.
Patroclus didn't bring any weapon, despite the fact that the Dower were well known for their skills in using spears, as thousands of Zergs had died under the tip of Rilangalos Dower's silver spear. Wielding a spear had always been an honor in the Dower family, and only the ones that had mastered the Tactics of the Deva King would earn the rights to wield a spear. While faced with such a weak opponent, Patroclus figured that there was no need to use a weapon, much less a spear.
The other Martians' faces became taut; they knew that Patroclus would very likely ruin their plan.
Martians were a very conceited lot; their obsession with their own bloodline was even more undue than that of Earthlings and the Ivantians.
Patroclus stood still, holding a calm expression on his face. He looked more like an onlooker rather than a combatant. He was sending a message to Lie Wushuang: ‘You should attack first. Otherwise, you would lose for sure.’
The entire arena became so quiet that one could even hear a pin drop. The DREAM was also shocked at this development.
Everyone stared at Lie Wushuang and wondered why he hesitated to make the first move. Some blamed him for holding back the first appearance of the Tactics of the Deva King in many years.
Wang Tong was also staring at Patroclus, waiting to see his tactics. However, he felt that Patroclus was staring at him with a belligerent expression, so much so that Wang Tong felt his body had started the Tactics of Blade by itself. Wang Tong reasoned that it would either self-defense or the excitement of meeting a strong opponent. Either way, Wang Tong was intrigued to see the real power of the Tactics of the Deva King.
Lie Wushuang finally attacked. He used the flaming palm technique and bore down on Patroclus with resolution.
Facing the attack that had reached two hundred seventy soul energy, Patroclus stood still at about ten steps away from Lie Wushuang, and stared at the approaching attacker with calm.
On Lie Wushuang's third step, he suddenly stumbled and then fell. He never got back up again.
Was that the power of the Deva King?
Patroclus didn't even move!
Ivantians applauded with their usual composure. Their expressions remained poised and civilize. To them, there had been no question about the outcome of this match, since they knew that once the Dower family had agreed to something, they never let the Ivantians down.
Patroclus didn't even grace the Martians a glance as he turned around to the audience and then announced, "Have you seen this? If you want to challenge me, I will gladly accept."
He bowed and then disappeared.
Wang Tong's blood was about to boil. He knew that the Patroclus was speaking to him instead of the Martians. Somehow, Wang Tong had a nagging feeling that Patroclus knew that he had used the Blade Warrior's Tactics of the Blade.
Patroclus had made a move; it was not done with his body, but with his soul energy. He had invaded the fire attribute of Lie Wushuang's soul energy with his ice attributes. The invasion had rattled Lie Wushuang's sea of consciousness until it crumbled.
Control of the elemental attributes was the real power of the Tactics of the Deva King. As the only perfect tactics of the entire world, the Tactics of the Deva King required much deeper understating about soul energy than any other.
Seeing the power of the Tactics of the Deva King, Wang Tong would finally relate to Li Feng's joy of having Rilangalos as a competent opponent and friend. Wang Tong was the only person who understood the motives of Patroclus's appearance and what had instigated it. Patroclus was after Einherjar Wannabe, because the latter could also command different elemental attributes.
"Kiddo, this guy would almost definitely be your strongest opponent in your life." Wang Tong heard Mr. Wannabe's voice.
Wang Tong nodded in agreement. Tactics of the Deva King was the closest to the Tactics of the Blade. No wonder even the Blade Warrior himself had marveled at the power of Rilangalos.
However, Wang Tong was convinced that if Li Feng could gain the upper hand in their rivalry, so could he.
"Hold on, kid! You are still recovering. It would be too dangerous for you to fight him right now. "
"What made you think that I will?" Wang Tong cracked a smile.
"Well, you sounded like you were going to."
"I was just thinking about it. If he could provide all the transportation fee and accommodation, then maybe, just maybe… I will consider his challenge. "
Mr, Wannabe was speechless at Wang Tong's stinginess, and found it hard to connect Wang Tong with an image of a macho hero.
"Balls! Be a man, do the right thing! " Mr. Wannabe bawled out at Wang Tong.
"Don't get so rattled up; you are still recovering as well." Wang Tong smirked. However, he knew that Mr. wannabe was right. He was still recovering and fighting such a strong opponent without being at his best was a shameful waste of an opportunity.
Mr. Wannabe had left, but Wang Tong's excitement lingered. He had learned a lot from Patroclus's fight. However, Wang Tong was still confident that he would be able to defeat Patroclus once he was fully recovered. His confidence partly came from his tactics and partly from his unwavering personality.
Wang Tong didn't care about many small day-to-day issues, but regarding the things that he did care, he would never give up in his pursuit.
"Omg! Boss, have you seen that? I say it's magic. He didn't even move… Could his smile kill as well?" Karl scratched his head, unable to comprehend what he had seen on the match replay.
Everyone else was in the same boat, and they turned to Wang Tong for an explanation.
Wang Tong smiled and then said, "Perhaps that was the power of Tactics of the Deva King."
Even Hu Yangxuan could not grasp what was going on. None of Wang Tong's classmate had yet reached that deep of understanding about the soul energy.
"Brother Shiming, what do you make of this? Who is Patroclus challenging?" A young man who sat beside Li Shiming asked him a question. This young man was called Porten, and he was the son of the chair of the councilors, a firm supporter of the Golden Hawk.
Li Shiming smiled blankly and then answered, "The Tactics of the Deva King are indeed very powerful. To answer your question, Patroclus was challenging Einherjar Wannabe."
Porten was surprised by the answer, "Are you sure it was not you? I have heard that the Einherjar Wannabe was simply a nobody. Fifteen seconds of fame, that's all."
"This Einherjar Wannabe's tactics and techniques are bizarre, and he is not a nobody. I already have a rough idea of who he really is."
Porten's eyes glinted, and then asked, "I have heard that even the DREAM could not pinpoint his identity, How did you do that?" Porten had also conducted his own research, and clearly, he had failed.
"It was easier than you think. If you table out the time that he was online, you will notice a pattern. He only shows up on the weekend during the night, so he has to be a student. He had disappeared from the PA system for the entire duration of the student's military campaign, so I wager that he must be one of the students that got sent to Norton."
Li Shiming glanced over the shoulder of Porten and looked at the image of Patroclus on the screen.
Every heir of the Li family was told that there was only one real opponent in his life: the heir of the Dower.
Even the fame and reputation of Li Feng was not able to tump that of the Rilangalos.
Patroclus had broken his quietness, and he was going to lead the Dower family back to their former glory. To rival such a strong adversary, Li Shiming reasoned that the House of Li would need someone as powerful and influential as Li Feng.
"Good call! Well, let me do the heavy lifting for you. I promise I would figure out the identity of this sneaky little fish." Porten announced.
Li Shiming's expression remained placid and indifferent.